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Basin Street Properties? revised ?Riverfront? proposal also includes 350 townhomes and apartments with almost 400,000 square feet of retail space

Developer Basin Street Properties has gone back to the drawing board on its proposal for a vacant 40-acre chunk of land along the Petaluma River.

Preliminary plans filed with City Hall show a 108-room ?boutique hotel? and 395,000 total square feet of retail spaces ? along with 200 apartments and 150 townhomes ? on the site at the southeast end of Hopper Street.

The plans, dated Aug. 16, replace a 424-home project Basin Street announced in 2005. A riverside park and ?southern crossing? of the river to Petaluma Boulevard South are still shown.

The project, called ?Riverfront,? would be accessed by an extension of Caulfield Lane across the railroad tracks and Hopper Street. There would be parking for 2,090 cars, according to the project description, mostly in three parking garages throughout the site.

No formal project application has been filed. A ?preliminary review? of the project is expected at the Sept. 27 meeting of the Site Plan and Architectural Review Committee, but the final agenda isn?t set.

The project drawings don?t identify any potential tenants for the hotel or retail spaces. Two stand-alone retail ?anchor tenants? of 50,000 and 30,000 square feet each are shown, with the bulk of the remaining retail space on the first floor of multi-story apartment buildings and parking garages.

?The commercial space is comprised of ground-floor, street-oriented space as well as two anchor pads that are to be two-story commercial space,? the project description states.

Outside the hotel, an oval-shaped pedestrian plaza is surrounded by a one-way traffic loop, plans show. The hotel would be a four-story building with three floors above retail space.

The riverbank would be transformed into park space with trails, and a buffer of open space would be created between the site and the former Pomeroy concrete plant to the west, according to the drawings.

A Basin Street representative did not return a call for comment.


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